Human-centric urbanism is only as good as the cities that can deliver results in practice.
As noted above, human-centric urbanism is only as good as the cities that can deliver results in practice.
As such, collaborative urbanism is critical for any realisation of human-centric ideas. While this has always been a challenge in cities in the past, the size and rapid growth of cities today presses the issue.
To make matters more complicated (and perhaps more interesting), collaborative urbanism is not confined solely to the realm of city government and urban design. Truly collaborative urbanism must involve disparate fields including but not limited to art, culture, psychology, fitness, and education. After all, one reason urbanism is a hot topic is because the city necessarily includes all of humanity. The city is the ultimate canvas for human expression. Thus, truly collaborative urbanism designs for all facets of humanity as they exist in cities.
Technologists and futurists have done an excellent job in recent years making themselves the pivot for these conversations. The better futurists among us place themselves at the inflection point between art, culture, commerce, politics and technology in order to explain the present while thinking about the future. Urbanism needs its own futurists in this regard.